Lt Gen Rajiv Ghai assumes command of strategic Chinar Corps

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Lieutenant General Rajiv Ghai on Wednesday assumed command of the strategic Kashmir based 15 Corps, a defence spokesman said.

He took the command of the Srinagar-based sensitive Chinar Corps from Lt Gen Amardeep Singh Aujla. Lt Gen Aujla has been appointed as the new Master General Sustenance (MGS) of the Indian Army.

On taking over the command, Lt General Ghai exhorted the troops to continue to work with unflinching dedication and perseverance in the ‘pursuit of peace and stability in Kashmir’.

He encouraged all ranks to take additional steps required to connect with citizens in order to jointly work towards peace and development.

The new Corps Commander also paid homage at the Chinar Corps Memorial at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar, the spokesman said.

Lieutenant General Ghai, an alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, was commissioned in December 1989 into the Kumaon Regiment and has had an illustrious military career spanning 33 years during which he has held varied prestigious command, staff and instructional appointments.

As Colonel General Staff, he has served in the Division deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in J&K and as Brigadier at Military Operations Directorate in Army Headquarters.

In his command tenures, he has commanded a Battalion in the Western Sector followed by command of a Brigade and a Division on the Northern Borders. He is a postgraduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Tamil Nadu), Higher Command Course, Army War College, Mhow & National Defence College, New Delhi.

Prior to this appointment, Lieutenant General Rajiv Ghai held an important appointment in Northern Command as Major General Staff.

On assuming command, Lieutenant General Ghai reiterated his commitment to closely work with various instruments of civil administration and society to further the cause of peace and prosperity in Kashmir.

He expressed hope for the improved security parameters in the Valley and is optimistic that even the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control will further enable improvement of the overall security situation.

He called for civil society to come forward and jointly work with security forces to address the scourge of terrorism.

Lieutenant General Ghai stated that, together with the support of all community members, Kashmir will move a step closer to its glorious past while leaping forward in the development barometers.

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